In celebration of the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, Lucasfilm is releasing a comprehensive history of the making of the groundbreaking film, aptly titled The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The book is packed with hundreds of rarely seen behind the scene photographs which you can preview here. Over the next few days, VF Daily will be running a series of interviews coinciding with the release. Tune in later this week for an interview with legendary director Irvin Kershner.
J.W. Rinzler—described by Lucasfilm as their own Indiana Jones—is the author of The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. VF Daily spoke to Rinzler about the trials and tribulations behind the production of the legendary film—a production Lucas financed himself, that was barraged by cost overruns and shooting schedule disasters. Rinzler discusses the differences between Leigh Brackett’s original script and what we actually saw on screen, Harrison Ford’s secret rewrites, Empire producer Kary Kurtz’s recent accusations in the Los Angeles Times, and, most importantly: Why exactly did the Millennium Falcon keep breaking down during Empire?
Mike Ryan: A few weeks ago, Star Wars and Empire producer Gary Kurtz was quoted in the Los Angeles Times saying that he left the series because it became Boba Fett On The Empire Strikes Back, That Crazy Suit, and the Star Wars Legacy
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